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Bitcoin falters as Ethereum battles for $3,000



© Reuters Bitcoin falters as Ethereum battles for $3,000

Proactive Investors – Benchmark cryptocurrency bitcoin (BTC) had a limp end to the week, falling more than 2% against the US dollar on Thursday before racking up additional losses this Friday.

This brings week-on-week losses for the pair to 1.5% following an impressive run in the opening stages of the month.

Hype surrounding the approval of spot-bitcoin exchange-traded funds may be tailing off in favour of profit taking.

Bloomberg data shows net outflows of $35 million from the bitcoin ETF space on Wednesday, marking the first instance of daily outflows since 25 January.

However, since the advent of the bitcoin ETF market in early January, total net cash inflows remain above $5.2 billion.

Over at the Ethereum (ETH) markets, the second-largest cryptocurrency surpassed $3,000 for the second in a week on Thursday after breaching the price point for the first time in nearly two years on Tuesday.

However, a bout of profit taking meant the pair closed flat by the end of the day, before dropping one percent against the US dollar this morning.

The pair was swapping for $2,940 at the time of writing- a 4% weekly gain.

Binance’s order book shows strong ether selling resistance at 3k, with sell orders also accruing at $3,030 and $3,050.

Barring a significant news catalyst, ether will struggle to move higher.

In the wider altcoin market, (SOL), (XRP), (AVAX) and Chainlink (LINK) are down in the high single digits weekly, while BNB and Tron (TRX) are in the green.

Global cryptocurrency market capitalisation currently stands at $1.95 trillion, with bitcoin dominance above 53%.

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